Well need a place to start chronicling all the work that will be going into this truck over the next few months.
The truck and its story:
I got this truck of a young lady that bought it in 2002 from Richmond Lexus. She paid $30+K at the time. Its a full load, 6cd stacker stereo, front and rear e lockers and so on. She got it with 120k kms on it and it was mint. After she got it things went down hill I think she was a poor driver as she liked to bump into things it seems. She had dogs all over the truck and damaged the leather beyond repair at this point I think. She did do oil changed regularly but any other maintenance was done down unless it made a strange sound or stopped working. She did not know what the h-n-l shifter was for and never used it nor did she know what "that funny diff lock switch was"
So I got the truck for a cheap enough price that's it worth fixing up I got it for 1/4 the price I had looked at other non locked LX450 and Land cruisers for.
To start with I am going to go over the entire truck and do a full baseline all fluids, filters changed with high quality synthetic ones. Full tune up, cap, wires, rotor, plugs, PCV and most the heater hoses PHH and all.
I have also ordered a OEM y pipe and double catalytic converter set up for it as the one that is on there is not OEM and making an awe full noise.
Also going to go over the body and fix some things. The body is in ok shape but it needs a rear life gate and drop gate. They have rust and I want it gone. I am also pulling the windshield as its been installed poorly with the old window gasket. It leaks, whistles down the hwy and was installed poorly so its started some rust in the upper corner of the frame (superficial) not to mention its unsafe the way it is. Its also missing the rear part of the flairs on the quarters and the pass side bumper end is smunched and hanging off. The rest of the body is surprisingly clean with no rust or damage.
From there I hope to have a good starting point (at least I know everything is changed) and can start fresh.
I need to do a full front axle rebuild as the birfs are leaking on this one quite heavily. At the same time I may upgrade the birfs and possible re-gear to 4.56's or 4.88's (more on this later).
I also plan on taking off the rear full floater hubs and repacking the bearing and inspecting there condition. (re gear at this time if needed as well)
I am looking at getting the same like CrimsonCruiser (mike) has its a good height, nice and complete to work with every component and reasonably priced.
I will then be getting I think 255/85R16 tires in the BFG KM2 flavor. I really wanted Duratracks but there limited on size. At this point I cant see the negatives of 315/75R16 making up for the off road improvement over the 255/85's. There is just to much of an overall performance hit with the larger 315's, Millage (even when geared), stopping power (a big one for me), and extra wear and tear on the drive line.
If I go 255/85R16's I may re-gear to 4.56 to off set the difference. Not sure if its needed or not though. I'm sure they would help when loaded move it along and up mountain passes.
From there its just things like ARB bumper, Rock sliders, interior storage and seat covers, stereo upgrade (blown speakers) and a deck that I can plug an iPod into.
My list in order will be:
1)Baseline fluids and filters
2)Full Tune up
3)Body work and replacement gates (also going to get the truck fully preventative rust treated)
6)ARB bumper and sliders
There are going to lots and lots of miscellaneous things along the way like CDL switch and pin 7 mod. Canvas seat covers front two seats and 2nd row. Cargo barrier for dog and gear. ScanguageII for monitoring the OBDII system. Husky floor mats and cargo area mat. High quality headlight bulbs for high and low lights. Slee headlight rewire if the voltage at them is not strong. Slee cup holder (OEM) factory fog light switch x2 for lightforce 170's and rear flood light.
Let the games begin.
Pics from Mike at Killer Cruisers shop the night I picked it up.
Changing headlight and marker bulb.
Rear damage, bumper end cap and flair (flair also missing on other side as well).
Dirty engine bay:
Clean engine bay:
The rust you see there is the inner wheel wells and they are getting replaced, I have the replacements already just not high on the list right now: